2019 Ford Fusion Energi Price Jumps Up By $2,215, Range Increases

MAY 31 2018 BY MARK KANE 87

The 2019 Ford Fusion Energi, equipped with a 9.0 kWh battery (instead of the previous version’s 7.6 kWh pack) will be able to go 25 miles (EPA) in all-electric mode (previously 21 miles). However it will be quite a bit more expensive too.

Ford is making big changes in the Fusion offering by simplifying trim levels and complexity.  So, in general, all versions will be equipped to a higher level, but that comes at a price.

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The price bump across the lineup varies by version – ranging from just $645 to $6,190 more than for the 2018 models.

In the case of the Ford Fusion Energi, the only trim is to be Titanium and it will cost $2,215 more than the 2018 Titanium Energi, according to CarsDirect.

The new Energi gets a standard heated steering wheel, heated and cooled seats, rear inflatable seat belts, 19-inch wheels, navigation system, moonroof and adaptive cruise control with stop and go, rain-sensing wipers, as well as the 20% projected increase in electric-only driving range.

“The Energi Plug-in, which benefits from a boost in EV range to 25 miles, now starts at $37,490. This is largely due to the fact that the car is now only available in a single Titanium trim. Compared to the previous year, the MSRP for this style is up $2,215. As a result, the car will be just $5 less than the Chevy Bolt EV.”

Those who are looking for less equipped Fusion models (the standard in 2019 is Ford Co-Pilot360, a suite of standard driver-assist technologies), are advised to maybe choose the 2018 model year while supplies last.

Fusion Co-Pilot360 Infographic

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Does this match the previous Energi battery in size – will it fit in my C-Max when my battery goes?

Yes it will fit, but there is no indication that they will allow you to upgrade. There would have to be a matching software update in order for your car to recognize the larger battery. They haven’t said they would offer that.

The battery is still half the size it should be, lame effort by Ford

Yes, 25 miles is nice. Look at the sales success of the Toyota Prius Prime. But still, to offer an update and up the price by some $2,000! When it’s not truly an update. A testament to ICE automakers buy-in. GM the same with all these future promises but discontinuing 2018 Bolt production and then a 2019 model right away with no bump. Ugh …

The PriPri has two advantages: it’s a Toyota Prius and it starts almost $10k less than the Fusion Energi. Ford could move more metal if they would’ve lowered the price by $2k, but they did the exact opposite and now it costs the same as a loaded Clarity PHEV. If I were in the market, I’d definitely go for the latter.

Very much agreed!

From talking to a couple of Clarity new owners I gather they are available at 7 to 10% off msrp. These Ford products (former C-max energi and Fusion energi) get sold at more like 20% off msrp. Of course the Clarity gets the full $7500 tax credit.) I have, for another year, a leased (really cheap lease) C-max energi which I like except for the battery in trunk problem. Looking to a purchase in May/June2019: Clearly the Clarity is the serious offering though too big (as is the Fusion) for me, and more than a bit odd looking. The Volt, while it has impressive performance, is hopelessly low and cramped inside. The Hyundai/Kia PHEVs apparantly have no electric heater/defogger and (in the case of the Ioniq) only offer auto braking, etc. on the loaded model. One is left with the ugly duckling Prius Prime which has none of those deficits, though some of the battery in trunk issue. P Prime and Clarity are the best offerings and sales numbers seem to confirm this, The Volt, in a tall wagon configuration, like the Niro, and former C-max, would be the best, if only they made it.

Why not get a Bolt? There are a lot of fast-charging options out there and I’ve traveled about 400 miles in a single day for work by just planning my trip slightly and including two stops.

“The Volt, in a tall wagon configuration” … Like the Bolt EV, but in a PHEV Drivetrain? Maybe with a Flat Under Floor Battery? Like, maybe 40 kWh from the Bolt, for about 120-150 miles EV Range, before the Range Extender boots up? And a 10 Gallon Gas Tank, for another 350-400 miles on Dino Juice?

Yes, that’s the one; even 30kwh with a 5 gallon tank and range extender engine/generator like the i3 (engine only drives the generator) would be fine.

The Volt is too cramped inside and the next size up Clarity is too big?


@Dan: A3 e-tron? Slightly more interior space than the Volt, I think. Pretty minimal range though, I admit. Clarity and PP both have the battery in trunk problem as well, although the prime solves it better, IMO. What about the Outlander? More range soon, and ChaDeMo is REALLY nice to have in a PHEV. Otherwise I’d reserve a Niro EV as soon as possible and hope it delivers on time. Lots of range, good trunk and it solves a lot of the Ioniq’s problems.

Niro EV or the cooler Kia Kona EV will give Volt/Bolt/Clarity serious competition. I find the Clarity styling dowdy, and it has no lift back like the Volt, a serious oversight. It’s awfully noisy when the engine kicks in, which is most of the time, and the EV-only acceleration is sluggish. It’s a car for mature adults, whereas the Volt is more of a sports car. I’ll wait for Gen 2.0 Clarity and hope it’s fully EV with 250 MPC. What I really want is an HR-EV for under $30k. And I will make due with my wonderful 2013 Volt.

PHEVs succeed only because we don’t have any other sensible choice!


It is indeed a shame that we live in a time when a good thing is met with such disdain. SMH

25 miles of AER is getting close to the minimum needed to please a lot of potential drivers. 12,000 miles a year is the median amount for most drivers in the US. So around 33 miles a day. Winter will drop the AER by about 25% and warmer months will increase it by 20%. So 30 to 35 miles of AER is probably the least that a PHEV driver will need that will allow them to be gasoline free most days.
Pity the Fusion is still falling short, given the improvement of 21 to 25 miles that they have achieved. But it will appeal to more drivers this way, even if it won’t appeal to as many as a longer ranged PHEV would.
2 more kWh would have been enough to make a large difference…

The Prius and Clarity are both in the same size class as a Focus. A Fusion is a mid sized sedan.

The Clarity is big.

I drove the new Clarity, and it is indeed a roomy car. The Honda dealer didn’t have it plugged in though, so I don’t know what it is like with even a partial charge. Typical.

It’s a slug in EV mode.

The Prius is big.

12,000 miles per year includes at least 1,000 miles of road trips on average. For daily driving, 11,000/365 = 30 miles/day. Averages are pulled up by a few people who do a lot of driving so the median is closer to 25 miles per day.

A PHEV vehicle with a 25 mile range is nothing to sneeze at. It is sufficient for a lot of people. Ideally, you want to fully exhaust the available electric range without going over. If you are using only half of the available range on most days, then you paid for a big battery that you are not using. This line of thinking does not apply to EVs, of course.

Also, those daily mileage averages usually take place in multiple trips with downtime in between. If the car is plugged in during those times, the driver returns to another ~25 miles, meaning that they can actually go beyond the initial AER completely electric given the right conditions.

FOUR more miles???
Are you kidding me.?

Ford has been promising an 11 Billion Dollar investment in electrification and this how they upgrade?

Goodbye Ford. I am DONE with you.

We hear you! Believe me. $2,000 and 4 miles, ummmmmmmmmm ….

Per: “$2,000 and 4 miles”, 1st, when the LR Model 3 pack was shown to cost $9,000, it is amazing how many were challenged by that value, when it added 90 miles! That was at $100 per extra mile, while ford is saying here $500 per extra mile!


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lol, I agree and these will most likely be built in Mexico? Maybe? Just guessing since they announced they will stop manufacturing cars in the US.

Fusions for the US market are already made in Mexico.

2019 or maybe 2020 will be the last year for the Fusion. Ford will keep the hotstang but the only other carlike thing will be a lifted version of the new Focus (but not the Focus car).

Uh, the lifted version of the Focus will still be a Focus, and thereby, still a car.

That’s what they think, but SUVs are already starting to blink in the face of high gas prices.

Felt the same about the CMAX, but could not wait for Tesla: Leasing the BMW i3 REX. Much nicer ride, and all the real advantages of an EV: super smooth, strong acceleration, great ride, and quiet.

You can bet they are still air-cooled batteries too. C-Max and Fusion Energis were notorious for degrading capacity of their HV batteries. I doubt the 9 kWh version will be any better.

Not only that, but when it’s hotter than about 85 outside, the battery pack goes into overheat mode after about 15 minutes of driving and begins to limit pure EV mode. You can’t even get the 25 miles if the damn car won’t allow electric drive!

I live in an area where it’s about 85f a major of the year and I’ve never seen battery protect mode ever in the 3+ years of Energi ownership.

I don’t understand people’s obsession with long electric range on PHEVs. Large fraction of the population drives less than 25 miles to commute to work and back. I’m more bummed the starting price is going up. (To be fair, PHEV option is only available on their Titanium package.)

There will be large discounts.

To be fair, Ford said they are done with you first….they are quitting the car thing.

No. Sedans.

It is like watching a large and respected firm step onto the windowsill of a skyscraper and promise to jump. Sedans aren’t a huge part of the auto market any more, but they are a part that brings younger drivers to the company. It is like a pro baseball team saying they don’t need a minor league farm system. It might work if they have a great scouting system, but the probability is that it will cause the failure of the team.

It is indeed a shame that we live in a time when a good thing is met with such disdain. SMH

Looks like Ford has enough TZEV credits to last a while. Why not just buy a Bolt?

Agreed, especially when you get three thousand more $ back in the fed rebate on a Bolt. I like the styling of the Fusion, but not that much.

The previous tax credit was $4007. Is the new 9 kWh battery calculated as $4585 or did I do the math wrong: 2500+417+(417*(9-5))? “credit is equal to $2,500 plus, for a vehicle which draws propulsion energy from a battery with at least 5 kilowatt hours of capacity, $417, plus an additional $417 for each kilowatt hour of battery capacity in excess of 5 kilowatt hours. “

So it will be $1622 more (2215-(4600-4007)) and not $2215 more than the previous years.

More like “as little as $1622 more” since not everyone can claim the full credit…

What the hell are “inflatable seatbelts”?
And a big “meh” overall. Ford, you disappoint.

Just what the name says. By infating they spread the crash forces over a larger area of your body reducing the force per unit area thus reducing contusions and maybe broken ribs. Some new light aircraft (which do not have airbags) use them.

For the money they are now asking… the only reason not to wait for a US built, 10x better car… Tesla Model 3 is that your current car is totaled. This Ford is no bargain. Pretty clear that the only thing they really want to build or sell are F150s. Maybe Tesla can buy them later, use the aluminum body of the new F150 and make a F150kWh that shows how great an electric pickup can be. Would definitely sell more in US than cars these days.

I think the most surprising thing of all is that they even bothered to change the car at all considering they just announced that they are going to discontinue all of their cars except the Mustang. I applaud the 25 miles of range. That makes for a decent PHEV. However, I think the only thing it has going for it over the Prius Prime is the quicker acceleration.

I personally think they did it for only 2 reasons:
1) the Prime embarrassed them with more range.
2) they could ‘drop in’ new higher capacity cells into their existing battery design without making any major changes.

And the Fusion isn’t fugly like the Prime. So at least 2 things.

Yes, this may be the last year for the Fusion Energi.

It’s last year in North America.

Only the Mustang will remain until the Ford Active arrives.

Ford is proving once again why they are exiting the sedan market… stupidity. They only have one PHEV left at the moment, and they aren’t selling as many of those as they used to. So the solution is to raise the price?!? They claim “Americans are buying less sedans and more SUVs” It’s a self fulfilling prophecy. No wonder Americans don’t buy sedans any more if they keep making them more expensive.
Adding 4 miles range isn’t an improvement, it’s just the minimum to not be the lowest performer in the PHEV market. Pitiful.

I think this car might be dead on arrival like the last 1950’s Steam Engine coming in.

25 miles of EV range is not that impressive compared to the likes of the Chevy Volt or the Tesla Model 3 or the Nissan Leaf.

This car should have 50 to 70 miles of EV range to raise the wow factor.

I’m not sure I agree. Among EV fans, that’s certainly true. But the Volt got a sizable increase in range and it didn’t seem to help sales any. Plus the Prius Prime seems to be selling really well with only 25 miles of range. So apparently there are other factors people care about besides range.

Car size might be Volts issue?

And price. The Clarity PHEV is a bigger and more comfortable car with more features for the price in a Honda package priced the same as the Volt. That’s absolutely going to drive sales of the former over the latter.

There is no where to put additional battery capacity in the Fusion. As it is, the pack eats up the trunk space. This would require a redesign and that’s not happening since Ford is discontinuing most of their cars.

For $37,490, I wouldn’t touch this thing with a 10′ pole. Just wait till Tesla cranks out 10K Model 3’s per week at end of 2019.

Large discounts and rebates will apply to the Fusion.

But the M3 will get little, if any, fed tax credit, and no discounts. It still has range anxiety, especially since the SuperCharger Network ought to be getting clogged up with new M3’s soon enough. And I can’t forgive Elon for making his early adopters beta-testers for a car with hardly any road testing behind it. GM, for example, put 750,000 miles of testing before it released the Volt.

Anybody know if the battery still compromises the trunk space in the new model? Also, is the pure electric 0-60 any better? I test drove last years model and was disappointed along these two areas.

Yes it does as the same in EVERY electrified Ford so far as been a conversion with all its disadvantages.

Ford, Chrysler and to a lesser extent GM had better pray that the Trumpster doesn’t start a war because it will drive up fuel costs to the point that consumers will start bailing out of the fuel-guzzling Trucks and land-whale SUVs that they sell and they will be in a world of hurt again.


They will want a car again.

And Gas is on the rise now isn’t it.

Oil prices just dropped 10% in the last 10 days

We are way overdue for a correction of the casino that is Wall St., and rapidly rising gas prices will once again force a new wave of economy car purchases, almost by design, it seems……they got it all planned out.

The battery is packaged in the same exact housing as the 2013-2018 model. They are just using slightly higher capacity cells in the same size. Housing, cooling, etc. are the same as before.

As far as the acceleration it is likely to improve but unsure. The EV portion is limited by battery output (35kW max on the existing battery). Theoretically they could increase this on the new battery but they haven’t given any specs to confirm this. The electric motor can put out 88kW if the battery can deliver that.

Thanks. I guess I will avoid this one.

4 (that’s FOUR) whole extra miles of EV range. Now give us $2 grand more- Hahahahahaha!!! I love Ford. If any fool allows Ford to dupe them, then I tip my hat to Ford.

Once you remove ignorance, all that you’ve got left is stupidity..

This hunk-o-burning ICE garbage STARTS at $37,500. After trading in my Leaf, I bought my gently used Model S 70D for about $8k more than that. Wow, is all I can say..

Agreed but not everyone wants a car the size of the Model S.

Fair enough. If its about size, I think I’d still wait for a Model 3.

The Fusion will be DEEPLY discounted and will get 4500 credit and any state rebates. I’m not suggesting buying it but the comparison is invalid; you’ll be able to get the Fusion for well under $30k net after tax credit.

Ford will not make Fusion soon.

Interestingly, in this article the Fusion chief engineer talks about next-gen Fusion Energi. Like there is a plan beyond 2019:

Maybe for the European version known as the Mondeo. No more Fusion in USA after 2019 or 2020

As of current, they do not offer the Mondeo in a PHEV. So either he’s talking about them adding that to the EU offerings, or it will be around longer than we think. Maybe the model will change?

Too lititle too late. Ford does not want to make ‘cars’ in NA, so this late 4 mile increase with a huge price increase, is just Ford’s way of pushing away the customer, so they don’t have to make more sedans. And then they will report that ‘our research shows that consumers don’t want sedans’. Ancient Fusion has also been hanging around for 7 model years with the 2019 model. The industry standard is 5 years.

Not really expecting much from Ford EV wise. They will continue to do the ‘minimum’ required in an attempt to hold on to ICE engines as long as possible keeping dealerships dependent on ICE service for revenues.

But immediately after their ‘no more cars’ accouncement, gas prices spiked, crossover/suv sales flattend or declined, and the competitions small, compact and midsize NEW sedan sales incrased. It seems Ford’s plan to overcharge for a mesh up of a car and SUV to incrase profit margins is crashing before it gets started. Consumers did not ask for that, which will be a big win for the imports.

Already Ford has decided to discontinue Fusion without setting the end date.

2 trims of Plugin will be reduced to 1 with the higher trim getting a big $37,490 price.
3 trims of Hybrid will be reduced to 2 with only the 2 higher trims and the starting price of $28,450 which is nearly $2,200 more than the similar trim of MY-2018 and $3,100 more than the MY-2018’s S trim.

All this is just to show that there is no market for Hybrid/Plugin.

Ideally they should have reduced the starting price of Hybrid S trim from $25,390 to $24,400 and introduced a Plugin S trim for $28,000 and this should have given a big boost to the whole Fusion lineup.

After all the price of batteries has gone down drastically.
Are people going to buy Fusion when Ford is not interested in selling?

I will say, the interior on these Titanium trim cars is over the top nice for a midsized ford (quilted door panels etc). But the driving experience is very hybrid-y.. you definitely know you’re not in an EV.

Dear Ford,

Please pace yourself as your rate of innovation and change is just mind blowing.

Not a future customer